Compton Jr. Posse Fights Gang Membership on Horseback

Since local violence peaked in the 1990s, the Compton neighborhood has battled gang culture and worked to lower its high crime rates. For 30 years one after-school program has found success keeping kids off the streets by putting them on horses.

North Carolina Group Keeps Dreamers’ College Goals Alive

As a high school sophomore and DACA recipient, the connections Danny Rodas made through his mentorship program were invaluable to helping him understand the challenges he would face paying for college.

Interacting with Kids in the Juvenile Justice System

According to the professionals attending the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative’s 25th anniversary celebration in Orlando, Florida, initiating positive, developed relationships with youth in the justice system requires patience, tenacity and understanding.

Mentorship/Juvenile Justice

“In Caddo Parish, in Shreveport, Louisiana, four out of five kids don’t come back [to juvenile court],” said Henry Walker of Caddo Parrish Juvenile Services. “The one of out of five who do come back, come back constantly.”
According to Walker, the youth who do avoid regular run-ins with the law do so because they have mentors.
At the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative’s April 2017 convening in Orlando, Florida, youth workers reflect on the proactive impact mentors can have on the juveniles in the system.